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Comment Re:Is there any evidence that web ads work? (Score 1) 394

So you think billions of dollars are being blindly spent annually on advertising by companies who haven't noticed that it's not actually making them a profit?

With analytics they can tell exactly how many sales they made through which clicks to which ads. I don't know what kind of evidence you're looking for, but I can't imagine it getting much better than that.

Comment Re:A plea to fuck off. (Score 2) 365

As always, it's a trade-off between security and convenience.

You could keep your passwords engraved on dog-tags and locked in various fire-proof safes in different basements, but that really ruins the convenience part of the trade-off.

Or you could just use the same password for all sites (if possible), but that really ruins the security part of the trade-off.

How about: you use a password manager to store your non-critical passwords and store your critical passwords somewhere else - especially the password to your email account from which you can reset all the others if they're stolen. Perhaps a more reasonable trade-off.

Comment Breakdown in protocol (Score 1) 98

It is essential that we determine exactly where the breakdown in protocol occurred and whether similar activities could be ongoing at other federal facilities.

Sounds like the "protocol" might be changed from "treat everyone as suspicious" to "treat everyone as guilty".

Comment Re:Too Far Away (Score 2) 134

Chances of a "conversation" are nil.

Why? Even individuals had many productive conversations on this planet when it took weeks to get a reply via snail mail.

Of course individual humans today couldn't have a conversation with 1000 year latency (at least form Earth's side - the aliens might live a lot longer). The invention of cryogenics of some kind, extreme life expectancy increases, or relativistic time dilation could fix that though.

But as a civilisation, I don't see why we couldn't converse. Especially as civilisation ages - after 1 million years of technological growth, 1000 years mightn't seem that long.

(See also "Dragon's Egg" by Robert L. Forward for some great sci-fi in this vein)

Comment Re:Only $100k? (Score 1) 150

You can reduce the cost dramatically for a prototype - it's called a "shuttle run", where you share the mask costs with a group of other companies who put their chips on the same wafers. You can't go into mass production with this of course.

Plus, they have a lot more than $100k in total.

Comment Requires a very high speed camera (Score 1) 142

From your own link:

However, countermeasures exist in the form of specialized light sensors that can detect the light from the beam. Rippled glass can be used as a defense, as it provides a poor surface for a laser microphone.

You say "little different from a laser mic". Yes, innovation is incremental, this is an increment.

Comment Re:Boycott (Score 1) 573

I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.

Easier and more effective: don't visit the site for a week. That will get their attention. I don't think any of the suits are actually reading the comments, do you?

A lot of people talk about leaving Slashdot for good, which they may or (more likely) may not do - why not leave it for a week?

That's what I'm doing... from... now!

Comment Re:I live in metro-ATL and noticed several points (Score 1) 723

Genuine question - if you live only 4.5 miles away, did you consider walking?

I know nothing about Atlanta, so I know there could be a genuine reason - just wondering if it was because there are no pavements on the route, because it was too cold, because you just thought walking might be more dangerous than driving, or something else??

Comment Re:A new indecipherable numbering system, yay! (Score 1) 188

It's easier to say.

Plus, it's fairly descriptive - it's almost 4000 pixels wide, and it's 4 x the resolution of HD.

I don't see the problem here, and I don't think it's "just marketing". People would come up with their own shorthand anyway if it was marketed at 3840x2160.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.